Guitar backing tracks are a very useful way to help you increase your speed. If you just can’t seem to get yourself to sit down with a metronome and play the same lick or scale over and over, you may want to try using a guitar backing tracks
Lets say for example you have this new killer lick but you are not getting it up to speed. Take our your favorite guitar backing tracks CD and start to play the lick very slowly. Start with quarter notes and play through the entire track. When you are comfortable playing the quarter notes speed up to 8th and then to 16th notes.
This isn’t an instant thing, it is going to take some time and effort on your part. You may be playing the lick at quarter notes or eight notes for days before you are ready to move up the speed. And you should only move up when you are in total control and can play the lick over and over without making a mistake.
When you can do this comfortably, you can move up the speed and eventually be playing sixteenth notes and eventually even 32nd notes. But again it takes time.
The point of doing this is so that you are using the guitar backing tracks to make music. Now the lick isn’t just some random notes, its music that you are creating and at the same time you are developing your technique and speeding up the lick that you are practicing. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one lick or just one guitar backing tracks. If you are practicing a few different licks then that all the better.
Playing a lick a million times a day with a metronome is not for everybody. So using guitar backing tracks helps out those who just hate doing it. I have used this practice technique myself and I will admit its makes practicing a difficult lick a whole ton more exciting and motivating.
So if you are having trouble motivating yourself to practice but you really want to speed up that new lick try this guitar backing tracks exercise, I guarantee you it will make you more inspired to practice, and it will be more gratifying to you because you will be hearing music while you are getting faster. And it gives you another way to use your guitar backing tracks.